Harleston town centre improvements

What to expect

The Harleston Town Centre Improvements project is an investment between South Norfolk Council and Norfolk County Council working with Harleston Town Council. The plan is to enhance the market town centre experience for residents and visitors, thereby contributing to and future-proofing the ongoing prosperity of Harleston and its businesses. The scheme is based on the priorities of reducing through traffic, creating a better environment for shopping and providing places for residents and visitors to meet and enjoy their time in the town.

South Norfolk Cabinet member Lisa Neal said: “We are very proud of our market towns. It’s their unique characteristics that help to make South Norfolk such a wonderful place to live and visit. We have already shown our support by investing in Diss and Long Stratton and now it is Harleston’s turn.”

Update 24 June 2022

We have been informed by the County Council that the work that was due to start on 27 June will now commence on the 11 July. This is due to a change in date for the delivery of materials. The contractors are doing all they can to bring the start date forward and some preparatory work at the site compound is likely to take place before 11 July.

Update 21 June 2022

Harleston improvements are underway  following the review of the comments received during the statutory Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) consultation for the scheme, which closed on 12 April 2022. The orders have now been approved and came into effect on 20 June 2022.

Works for the scheme are due to commence on site on the 27 June 2022 and will be delivered in phases, initially along the Broad Street. Changes to the Market Place, Exchange Street, the Thoroughfare and Broad Street will see some relocation of parking places giving more direct access to the busy retail areas. Reduced carriageways will slow traffic and make the town centre safer for pedestrians, while wider pavements and the introduction of planters and benches will all add to the improved streetscape. The project team will visit businesses individually in the areas where works will take place, to provide information and answer questions.

Update 17 March 2022

For businesses

If you would like to keep up to date with local plans that impact the shops and businesses of Harleston please register on the Redenhall with Harleston Town Council Shops Forum.

Update 9 March 2022

Traffic Regulation Order Consultation

You will be able to participate in the consultation on the Traffic Regulation Order from 18 March 2022 onwards. You will be able to locate the project on https://norfolk.citizenspace.com/  and view all the associated documents.

Cellar investigation

Businesses in Harleston may be contacted from 14 March for information on cellars in their buildings. This is to ensure the project team have full information on the site in advance of any work commencing. 

Pavement investigation

During late March or early April a team will need to dig investigation holes / trenches in few locations along the pavements in Harleston. This disruption should only last for one day and the pavements will be clear once the team finishes work.

Update February 2022 

  • Following on from the consultation in Autumn 2021, the next step is a public consultation on the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO), planned for Spring 2022.
  • Subject to the approval of the TRO, works are expected to start early Summer 2022 and progress to completion by Autumn 2022. We will soon provide details of how you will be able to participate in the consultation which will be run by Norfolk County Council.
  • In the meantime, the project team at Norfolk County Council will be visiting Harleston to conduct preliminary site investigations, starting in February 2022.